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Sep 3, 2015

EU pushing to relocate many more migrants across bloc

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union officials are preparing to push EU governments to take in many more asylum-seekers from pressured frontier states, including Hungary, and seeking to overcome resistance to a quota system in eastern Europe.

As German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande gave backing on Thursday to the kind of scheme that EU leaders rejected in June, officials said the EU executive may propose expanding its plan by a factor of four to oblige states to take in 160,000 from Italy, Greece and Hungary.

Sep 3, 2015

It’s risky to come to Europe, Hungary’s PM tells migrants

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Refugees should not risk their children’s lives trying to reach Europe, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Thursday as he defended his tough approach to border control on the frontline of Europe’s migration crisis.

Orban, who also insisted Hungary did not want to accept Muslim refugees, was asked on a visit to Brussels about an image of a drowned Syrian child on a Turkish beach which has grabbed world attention this week and said that it was not a moral argument for opening Europe’s doors.

Sep 3, 2015

Don’t come to “fearful” Europe, Hungary’s PM tells migrants

BRUSSELS, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Refugees should not risk their
children’s lives trying to reach Europe, Hungarian Prime
Minister Viktor Orban said on Thursday as he defended his tough
approach to border control to senior EU officials in Brussels.

Saying “people in Europe are full of fear” due to leaders’
failure to agree on how to deal with the migration crisis, Orban
again rejected an EU proposal to share out quotas of refugees
among states and insisted Hungary would apply EU rules on
registering any asylum-seekers who made it past its new frontier
fence before it would let them continue journeys to Germany.

Sep 2, 2015

Schengen: Europe’s open borders in question

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The names Kos, Lampedusa, Hegyeshalom may go down in histories of Europe’s 2015 refugee crisis yet it is an obscure village in Luxembourg, far from the human drama, that is hogging headlines.

Schengen, on the vine-flanked Moselle where old enemies France and Germany meet, gave its name 30 years ago to the code which removed border controls between most European states. Now, feuding over who should shelter hundreds of thousands of people on the move seeking asylum has put “Schengen” under threat.

Sep 1, 2015

New EU migrant plans ready next week: Avramopoulos

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The EU executive will outline new plans next week to share out refugees across European states as well as to speed deportations of unwanted migrants, the 28-nation bloc’s migration commissioner said on Tuesday.

Dimitris Avramopoulos told Reuters that new EU systems for processing asylum claims in Italy, Greece and possibly Hungary could involve detaining those rejected until they return home, as European governments strain to balance obligations to provide refuge with hostility among the public to mass immigration.

Aug 31, 2015

Africa’s richest man, Nigeria’s Dangote, plans Zimbabwe cement plant

HARARE, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Africa’s richest man, Nigeria’s
Aliko Dangote, said on Monday he plans to open a $400 million
cement plant in Zimbabwe, a major boost for the southern African
country that is desperate for foreign investment.

The billionaire, whose business empire includes Dangote
Cement, also said that he aimed to invest in coal
mining and power generation in the country.

Aug 28, 2015

Europe questions border rules after train attack, migrant moves

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Concerned about security threats and illegal migration, some European governments are considering amending the Schengen border code, which eliminated systematic frontier controls across much of Europe.

A week after passengers subdued a gunman on an Amsterdam-Paris express, interior and transport ministers from nine countries will meet on Saturday in Paris to discuss improving security on cross-border trains. They may also discuss efforts to contain a flood of migrants from the Middle East and Africa.

Aug 27, 2015

Insight – Migrant crisis forcing divided Europe to look ahead

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Leaders of the European Union declared this week that it has “failed” in the face of human agony on its frontiers. But the migrant crisis may now be forging a better way forward.

The failure is evident. Of millions fleeing war, oppression and misery, hundreds of thousands have been desperate enough to brave the sea to reach Europe; thousands have died but their numbers still multiply despite a mostly stony welcome: razor wire, hunger, filth and hosts more intent on blaming each other than on their common duty to help.

Aug 27, 2015

Insight – Migrant crisis forcing divided Europe to look ahead

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Leaders of the European Union declared this week that it has “failed” in the face of human agony on its frontiers. But the migrant crisis may now be forging a better way forward.

The failure is evident. Of millions fleeing war, oppression and misery, hundreds of thousands have been desperate enough to brave the sea to reach Europe; thousands have died but their numbers still multiply despite a mostly stony welcome: razor wire, hunger, filth and hosts more intent on blaming each other than on their common duty to help.

Aug 27, 2015

Migrant crisis forcing divided Europe to look ahead

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Leaders of the European Union declared this week that it has “failed” in the face of human agony on its frontiers. But the migrant crisis may now be forging a better way forward.

The failure is evident. Of millions fleeing war, oppression and misery, hundreds of thousands have been desperate enough to brave the sea to reach Europe; thousands have died but their numbers still multiply despite a mostly stony welcome: razor wire, hunger, filth and hosts more intent on blaming each other than on their common duty to help.

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      "Editor for political and general news across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In 21 years with Reuters, have reported widely on conflict, elections, society, economics, culture and sport from postings in Paris, Moscow, Berlin, London, Baghdad and Jerusalem."
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